Robin Bernstein

Robin Bernstein

Faculty
Robin Bernstein

Robin Bernstein is a cultural historian who specializes in U.S. performance and theatre from the nineteenth century to the present. An elected member of the Executive Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research, she is a Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. With Stephanie Batiste and Brian Herrera, she edits the book series  Performance and American Cultures for New York University Press. Bernstein’s most recent book, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights, won five awards, including the Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (co-winner), and was runner-up for the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Publication Prize.  Bernstein’s other books include the anthology Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater and a Jewish feminist children's book titled Terrible, Terrible! Her article, "Utopian Movements: Nikki Giovanni and the Convocation Following the Virginia Tech Massacre," was published in African American Review and won that journal's 2014 Darwin T. Turner Award for “the best essay representing any period in African American or pan-African literature and culture." Other essays have appeared in PMLA, Theatre Journal, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists,Social Text, and other journals.  Bernstein is currently on leave as a faculty fellow in "Multimedia History and Literature: New Directions in Scholarly Design" at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.  She maintains a website at http://scholar.harvard.edu/robinbernstein/home